By funding research, the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand will dramatically increase innovation in the field of upper extremity surgery driving new procedures, treatments, techniques, devices and biologics which will improve patient care.
Regardless of the source of grant funding, AFSH follows a stringent, independent review process. All grant applications are submitted in National Institutes of Health (NIH) format and reviewed by the ASSH Research Management Committee (RMC), a group of experienced physician investigators working in the field of hand and upper extremity surgery. Once the top applications are chosen, the committee goes through and allocates corporate funding to the applications that fit into the criteria for the restricted funds. All grants are ultimately approved by the ASSH Council and the AFSH Board of Trustees.
Restricted or Unrestricted Research Grants
Allocate your gift to the general fund or to one of our established areas of study:
- Unrestricted Research Fund
- Restricted - Hand and Wrist
- Restricted - Trauma
- Restricted - Arthritis/Arthroplasty
- Restricted - Shoulder and Elbow
- Restricted - Biologics
- Restricted - Nerve and Soft Tissue
- Restricted - Congenital Problems
General AFSH Research Fund (no minimum)
Support the AFSH Research Mission by making an unrestricted corporate grant in any amount. Your gift will help support the Research Fund corpus. The AFSH allocates up to 5% of the AFSH Research Fund each year to fund meritorious basic science and clinical research grants.
Donor Restricted “Special Emphasis” Grant ($50,000+ Corporate Grant)
Develop a new fund and/or grant program on a specific area of investigation, in concert with the ASSH Research Director and subject to approval by the ASSH and AFSH. AFSH will alert researchers to the availability of funds for study in this particular area. The AFSH would use the same approach as the NIH in publicizing a Special Emphasis Note (SEN). This would identify a particular area of research endeavor that is funded by a corporate donor. These applications would undergo the same process of independent peer review through the RMC.
Seed Grant Fund ($20,000+ Corporate Grant)
Encourage young investigators in a field of study pertinent to hand and upper extremity care and surgery.
Military Investigators Fund ($10,000+ Corporate Grant)
Fund ASSH members and researchers who are on active duty military assignment.
Fast Track Resident and Fellow Grant Fund ($10,000 + Corporate Grant)
With an expedited review process, the fast track grants are meant to bring more residents and fellows into the research community.
Special Awards & Named Funds
Allocate your gift to the general fund or to one of our established Named Funds & Awards:
Joint AFSH/ACS Research Career Development Award ($40,000+ Corporate Grant)
Supports an ASSH/ACS researcher who has already received a K08 or K23 award to support mentored development and research training. The total amount of the award is up to $80,000 per year for up to five years, subject to annual review.
Joint AFSH/PSF Hand Surgeon Scientist Award ($37,500+ Corporate Grant)
Supports a young faculty member at teaching institutions with accredited programs in plastic surgery who have demonstrated success in research by receiving extramural research funding - K08 or K23 award. Award allows young investigators in hand surgery to have sufficient protected time to develop a productive career in academic surgery. Projects may include research in any area relating to hand surgery with preference on clinical/translational research with an emphasis on clinical care. Total amount of the award is $75,000 per year for up to five years, subject to annual review.
Annual Meeting Scientific Papers, Posters and Research Awards
Did you know the ASSH/AFSH presents the following awards each year at the ASSH Annual Meeting? Corporate donors may designate a gift in any amount to any of these Named Funds. Contact Kris Delas Armas, Meetings & Corporate Relations Manager at email@example.com to discuss how you can support these awards or establish a new Annual Meeting award.
- Julian M. Bruner Award – recognizes the top scientific poster presented at the ASSH Annual Meeting with a $1,000 award.
- Joseph H. Boyes Award – recognizes the top resident/fellow paper presentation at the Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference (non-monetary award). The winner presents his or her paper during a general Scientific Session during the ASSH Annual Meeting.
- Goldner Pioneer Award – recognizes the highest scored research grant submission with a $12,500 award.
- Ronald Linscheid & James Dobyns “Excellence in Wrist Surgery Award” – recognizes the best wrist research paper presented at the ASSH Annual meeting with a $5,000 award.
- Andrew J. Weiland Medal – recognizes a mid-career researcher, dedicated to advancing patient care with a $20,000 award.
- Gelberman Scholar Award – provides a travel scholarship in the amount of $7,500 to allow for a young hand surgeon to visit a national or international center of excellence to learn operative and research techniques.
The ASSH/AFSH are strong supporters of providing mentoring opportunities for investigators. Each year we provide Young Investigator Scholarships to cover the cost of attending grant writing workshops, and we offer investigator workshops at the Annual Meeting to provide researchers an opportunity to exchange ideas, address research challenges and improve grant writing skills. Interested in supporting our mentoring efforts? Contact the AFSH to discuss how you would like to get involved at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 880-1900.
Deadlines & Timelines
Corporate research grants and gifts are accepted on a rolling basis. To maximize marketing and awareness of your gift during the open call for grants (December-March), please submit all grant materials by November 1.
Annual Grant Cycle
- FEBRUARY – Deadline for AFSH/ACS Joint Research Career Award applications.
- APRIL – Deadline for all Basic Science, Clinical Grants, Military Awards, and Weiland Medal, Gelberman Scholar applications.
- JUNE – Research Management Committee (RMC) meets to review applications.
- JULY – RMC submits grant recommendations to ASSH Council and AFSH Board of Trustees for review and approval.
- AUGUST – Grant applicants are notified.
- SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER – Research awards announced at the ASSH Annual Meeting.
- SEPTEMBER – Deadline for all Fast Track Grant applications.
- DECEMBER – Deadline for Hand Surgeon Scientist Award applications.
- DECEMBER – Official Call for Grants is distributed to ASSH Members for following year.